Designations = Professionalism

With November fast approaching, it’s time to think about adding a designation in celebration of Designation Awareness Month.

November has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the month for real estate professionals to hone their skills and provide specialized services to their clients by completing a designation program.

IAR is celebrating Designation Awareness by providing discounts for the following designation courses during the month of November. Contact your local association to see what designation programs they are offering.

  • AHWD – At Home with Diversity
  • MRP – Military Relocation Professional
  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • New! SRS – Seller Representative Specialist – Get the SRS Designation for FREE by registering for the GRAD program at GRI (completion of Course I, II and III required to attend GRAD)

In addition, IAR offers a Post License Home Study and Webinar for those newly licensed Brokers who are completing their 30-hour Broker Post license requirements prior to their first renewal. Successful completion of those 30-hours of Broker Post License through IAR will enable students to be eligible for Course II of the upcoming Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI).

Sign up for a designation program today so that you may be included in the elite group of designation professionals!


Celebrate and save $ with GRI Early Bird Registration

Save money if you register within the next two weeks for live GRI courses at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in early December. Early Bird Registration ends on Nov. 5!

The Early Bird Rate for IAR members is:

  • $325 for GRI II (Dec. 1-4);
  • $325 for GRI III (Dec. 1-4); and
  • $204 for the Wayne Edwards GRI Graduate Course (Dec. 3-4).

Non-members pay an additional $50 for each course.

From Nov. 6-21, registration fees go up for IAR members:

  • $340 for GRI II;
  • $340 for GRI III; and
  • $224 for GRI Grad.

Non-members will pay an additional $50.

View a registration form. Get more information about instructors, payment options and continuing education credits.  Since registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, space may be limited for those who plan to walk in and participate the day the classes begin.

Book a Hotel Room
Since the courses will be conducted over several days, consider making reservations to stay overnight at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Peoria, which is next door to the Pere Marquette. If you make a hotel reservation before 5 p.m. Nov. 6, you’ll pay $109 plus tax for a single/double room.  Rooms at these prices are available on the first-come, first-served basis.  You must call 309-671-5050 to make your reservations.  Ask for the IAR rate.

Be first to earn an SRS through Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course

Sign up now to take the Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course Dec. 3-4 in Peoria and you can save $30 and be one of the first Illinois REALTORS® to earn the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation.

You’ll join an elite group of Illinois REALTORS® who will earn this newly instituted credential because you’ll also get the opportunity to get six hours of CE, elevate your professional standards and enhance your personal performance.

IAR members who sign up by Oct. 31 will get the Early Bird Rate of $204, while non-members will pay $254.  Walk-in rates will be $234 and $284, respectively.

This special course is designed to help REALTORS® who already have their GRI designation.

The first day of class begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette and continues through until 5 p.m.  A celebration of the GRI’s 50th Anniversary will feature a concert by the group Jammsammich from 7 to 10 p.m.

The second day of class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pere Marquette, followed by the exam from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

One of your instructors for the Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course will be Bruce Aydt, a creator of the SRS designation and one of the top real estate instructors in the country.  Aydt is a lawyer and REALTOR® who’s been in the business for more than 25 years.

Another instructor is Lynn Madison, owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Lake Zurich, Ill. She is a former Dean of the Illinois REALTOR® Institute and has been delivering continuing education programs in Illinois since 1992.

The GRI Grad course was named after Wayne Edwards, a longtime IAR staffer who served as director of professional development until he retired earlier this year.

Leasing Agents have three days left for license renewals

July 31 is the deadline for renewing leasing agent licenses in the State of Illinois. Leasing agents need to complete six hours of continuing education (CE), too.

  •  Renewal period for the 2014 renewal is Aug. 1, 2012 through July 31, 2014.
  • Leasing agents are required to complete three core hours and three elective hours of CE.
  • Leasing agents are exempt from CE for the first renewal only.

You can renew your leasing agent license electronically through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Check the expiration date of your license, get appropriate forms and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

When to renew via paper form
If you change your name, address or sponsor, you need to use the paper renewal application and mail it to IDFPR prior to the July 31 deadline. Changing a sponsor requires an additional $25 fee and a new 45-day permit sponsor card.

Save $50 by renewing on time
The license fee to renew prior to the deadline is $100, while the cost increases to $150 on Aug. 1 and beyond.

Need CE hours?
Get your CE through the  IAR REALTOR® Store at the low price of $19.95 per course with convenient proctor locations at no additional cost! These three-hour credit courses will help you meet the six-hour requirement and provide timely information geared toward the Leasing agent:

  • Core B Home Study:  COR 1662 – CORE B: Legal Issues – Disclosure Issues for Landlords (Item #618); and
  • Elective Home Study:  PM 613 – Leasing Residential Property (Item #613).